Car accidents can be overwhelming experiences. You might be very nervous after it has happened and perhaps have no idea how to handle the tragic turn of events. Some of the things you should do after an accident include seeking immediate medical attention, calling your lawyer and perhaps contacting your insurance company. There are, however, a number of things that you should not do after an accident (including not my fault accidents). Here is a list of five things that you should avoid altogether.
Leaving the scene
If you have been involved in an accident on the highway, you should immediately stop your vehicle. Failing to stop can force legal proceedings against you. You also shouldn’t leave the scene for whatever reason. The police will dispatch emergency medical personnel to the scene of the accident to treat you.
Forgetting to call the police
Some people might assume that since no one is hurt, there is no need to call the police. Regardless of how serious the accident was, it is really important that the police are notified. Their report will be used by your insurance firm to compensate for damages. The report includes information about cars involved in the accident, weather conditions, contacts for witnesses and an official write-up of how the accident happened.
Losing your cool
An accident can be very upsetting, especially if it was another careless driver’s fault. Do not let your emotions run high or get upset with the other parties involved. Be sure to remain calm until the scene is cleared up.
“Do not accept liability” is a cardinal rule when dealing with your insurance provider. You can be honest about what happened but do not admit that you caused the accident.
Accepting fault can be used against you by the insurance provider, and they may choose not to compensate you.
Neglecting to follow up
Although being involved in an accident is difficult enough, it is important to note that the aftermath can be very frustrating too. If you were hurt, be sure to seek medical attention. You also need to talk to your insurance provider as well. You might also be served with some court papers too. Remember, failing to follow up can attract fines.